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SIMON COWELL and his pregnant girlfriend LAUREN SILVERMAN reunited Wednesday in the South of France.  And they're supposedly talking about their FUTURE.  Meanwhile, sources say Simon had a secret meeting with Lauren's ex-husband ANDREW SILVERMAN recently, to clear the air and make sure he doesn't take their issues public.

Ben Affleck has officially been chosen to play Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. The 41-year-old actor will join Henry Cavill in the Warner Bros. movie, the studio announced on Thursday. The much-hyped project was announced at Comic-Con earlier this year and will bring Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen. Affleck is certainly no stranger to the superhero genre - he played the title role in Marvel's 2003 Daredevil, and has starred in and directed a number of action films, including The Town and Argo. Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are all confirmed to return for the sequel, which is slated to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.Man of Steel has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date.

The porn star SYDNEY LEATHERS just worked with recently did a sex scene with an actress who just tested positive for HIV.  Sydney says she and her partner tested negative before their shoot, and Sydney tested negative again afterward.  But the Centers for Disease Control warns that negative test results within the first three months of exposure can come back false.

A 49-year-old man from Rhode Island named John M. Dubis was squatting in the pool house of JENNIFER LOPEZ'S Hamptons estate.  And he lived there for a full WEEK before he was caught.The guy was actually living LARGE . . . walking around the estate in full view of the neighbors and even posting pictures of himself all over the grounds on Facebook.  And the whole time, J-Lo's SECURITY was on duty.Someone finally figured out he wasn't supposed to be there and called the cops.  He was charged with stalking and felony burglary.

Former New England Patriots tight end AARON HERNANDEZ was indicted on a first-degree murder charge yesterday, for the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges back in June.  He's being held without bail, awaiting trial.  He could get life in prison if convicted. Police are also investigating Hernandez in connection with a double murder back in July of 2012.

"Law & Order:  SVU" is tackling the TRAYVON MARTIN and PAULA DEEN stories . . . in the SAME episode.  It'll be about a female celebrity chef, who shoots and kills a black teenager . . . because she thought he was a RAPIST.






 Here's a quick rundown of the latest "American Idol" rumors:TMZ claims "Idol" wants to give a judges' chair to JUSTIN BIEBER'S manager, Scooter Braun.  The thinking is that "Idol" has become too much about celebrity judges, and they want someone who can actually find and develop TALENT.But supposedly Scooter isn't really interested, because he likes his relative anonymity.  Sources say he, quote, "likes being able to go to the grocery store under the radar."Meanwhile, word has it JIMMY IOVINE will not return this season as a mentor . . . and RANDY JACKSON will be taking his place.

SYLVESTER STALLONE may be involved in the "Rambo" show that's in development . . . but he WON'T star on it. Stallone's rep says, quote, "He himself will not portray the character in the series."

Hundreds of millions of people have grooved to DAFT PUNK'S "Get Lucky" through their Internet connection.  The song recently surpassed 100 MILLION streams on Spotify.  (As of last night, it was sitting at 105.3 million streams.)And the official audio on YouTube has another 110 million-plus plays.

The nominees for the annual "BET Hip-Hop Awards" have been announced . . . and KENDRICK LAMAR leads the way with 14.  DRAKE is next with 13, followed by J. COLE, who has 12 nominations.SNOOP DOGG is hosting this year's ceremony, which will tape in Atlanta on September 28th . . . and air on BET on October 15th.

2 CHAINZ was arrested in Oklahoma City yesterday, and was charged with obstructing a police officer.  The cops had pulled over his tour bus, but 2 Chainz and his posse locked the door, and waited on the bus for nine hours until the police got a warrant.  The whole crew was arrested and released on bail.





• "PGA Tour Golf: The Barclays" [Final-round] . . . 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. EST on CBS.

 • "NFL Pre-Season Football" . . . 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Eastern on Fox.  The Houston Texans host the New Orleans Saints at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

• "2013 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on MTV.  Ariana Grande and Austin Mahone perform as the celebrities arrive.

• "2013 MTV Video Music Awards" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on MTV.  Lady Gaga, Pink, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Drake, Bruno Mars, and Kanye West perform



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